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28 July 2018 | 9.00 am

Salam Sejahtera.

I am pleased to have this opportunity to address the PSDC’s Graduating Class of 2018 from the German Dual Vocation Training (GDVT) Malaysian Meister Program Level 1 in Mechatronics, Diploma in Manufacturing Technology (CAD/CAM) Program, and the Contestable Funding Program.

First and foremost, I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to all graduates for completing your program. Well done to all of you! I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the parents, guardians, and family members of the graduates. Whilst you may not be the one receiving a scroll today, your child’s success and achievements wouldn’t be possible without your love and support. We applaud and commend you for your hard work and sacrifices.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Penang State Government has always recognised the significance and the importance of talent development in sustaining and accelerating the growth of the state and the nation. As we move towards becoming a digital economy in the Industry 4.0 environment, it is crucial for us to have a consistent supply of multi-disciplined and multi-talented workforce to support the Industry and the economy.

Penang has always been at the forefront in human capital development with PSDC being the pioneer and leading skills development centre in Malaysia and the first Industry 4.0 Centre of Excellence. Penang is also leading in the area of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) through the GDVT program. We have learnt the best practices from the Germans and have successfully adapted it to our local context and setting to make it suitable for Malaysians. The State Government has also provided RM2 million sponsorship in support of this program here in Penang and I am proud that we are seeing the first fruits of this investment with the graduation of the first two batches of GDVT apprentices today.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all Host Companies, PSDC, MGCC, and JPK for your support in ensuring the quality and effectiveness of the GDVT program. This is a great example that with a strong public-private partnership between the Industry, Government, and Training Institution, we can create a sustainable dual vocational training system for Malaysia.

To all graduates, I trust that the PSDC trainers and your on-job-training coaches have done a great job in providing you with the proper and relevant skills training and education. Now, it is time for you to shine and to put the training to proper use.

Congratulations once again to the Graduating Class of 2018. I wish you the best and may you continue to give your best for the future of this state and nation.

Thank you.


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26th July 2018

Mr Ashwin Gunasekeran
CEO of Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB)

Member of the media

Distinguished guest

Ladies and gentlemen

Good afternoon.

I am proud to announce that the Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) will be organising the inaugural Penang International Travel Exchange (PITE), a premier travel exchange that will be held in September 2018.

The PITE is a homegrown travel exchange created by PCEB to further position Penang as the leading Business Events and leisure destination in Asia Pacific. Selected buyers from around the world will be brought to Penang each year to experience Penang’s many experiences unfiltered. PITE will also include B2B sessions, site inspections, education workshops and networking events.

For the first edition of PITE, Penang will be hosting buyers from the Global Panoramic Showcase (GPS), which is a business meeting point for tourism professionals from the leading Tourism Service providers from India. This is a continuation of the highly successful India Roadshow that PCEB and Team Penang embarked on to India in January 2018. The Penang Sales Mission to India covered four cities which include Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

In each city, PCEB held a B2B Session and a networking dinner for the buyers, and Penang partners sponsored a total of RM 100,000 worth of lucky draw prizes.

About 1,000 interested buyers, as well as media, association chairs and members of the Indian tourism and trade boards attended the roadshow. From the four press conferences held during the Sales mission, Penang received approximately RM 1.03 million in media exposure.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The Business Events industry in Penang has been showing steady and positive growth. In 2016, the Estimated Economy Impact (EEI) for Business Events in Penang was recorded at RM808 million whereas last year, the EEI has surpassed the RM 1 billion target with a total of RM 1.002 billion. I am positive that with this travel exchange, Penang shall continue to position itself as a potential Business Events destination and convince more organisers to hold their events here.

In future, PITE will be opened up to other interested buyers and meeting planners around the globe to encourage exposure and instil more knowledge on organising Business Events in Penang.

In line with this, I would also like to introduce Penang’s first Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) – Apollo Conferences, which will also be the co-organiser for PITE. I believe to support Penang’s mission to be a leading destination for Business Events, we must have a PCO of our own, and this is one of the great initiatives of PCEB in developing the industry to move forward.

The increase of Business Events held in Penang will positively impact the growth of not only the EEI, but also the growth of the industry for Penang. Let us continue to strive in making Penang the preferred world-class Business Events destination for various congresses, conventions, meetings and other large-scaled events.

I wish PCEB and Apollo Conferences a successful event and we look forward to welcoming 150 Business Events and leisure buyers from the Global Panorama Showcase (GPS) for the Penang International Travel Exchange (PITE).

Thank you.


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21 JULY 2018

YB Yeoh Soon Hin 
EXCO for Tourism Development and Heritage, Culture and Arts / Committee Chairman,

Mr. Shinichiro KanoyaConsul 
General of Japan

YB Phee Boon Poh 
EXCO for Welfare, Caring Society and Environment

YB Soon Lip Chee 
EXCO for Youth and Sports

YB Mustafa Kamal bin Ahmad 
State Assemblyman for Telok Ayer Tawar

YB H'ng Mooi Lye 
State Assemblyman for Jawi

YB Daniel Gooi Zi Sen 
State Assemblyman for Pengkalan Kota

YB Ong Ah Teong 
State Assemblyman for Batu Lanchang

YB Joseph Ng Soon Siang 
State Assemblyman for Air Itam

YB Tuan Zolkifly bin Md Lazim 
State Assemblyman for Telok Bahang,

Ms. Zhang Li 
The Honorable Acting Consul General Of China To Penang

Bapak Iwanshah Wibisono 
Consulat Jeneral Republik Indonesia

Members of the media

Distinguished Guests

Ladies and gentlemen

Good afternoon and welcome to Penang Bon Odori Festival 2018!

I am delighted to be here tonight to celebrate Penang’s most anticipated Japanese cultural festival, Penang Bon Odori Festival 2018! We welcome you, local and visitors from overseas to come and join the most exciting festival that comes with savory Japanese and local delicacies, exotic performances, exciting games, and more.

Penang is proud to collaborate with the Consulate-General of Japan every year to organize the Penang Bon Odori Festival which indirectly educates Penangites and tourists alike on Japanese culture and traditions. 

Ladies and gentlemen,

Bon Odori is a traditional and merry Japanese festival that is celebrated with dance and lively drums performance to welcome the homecoming of ancestral spirits. This festival is a Japanese observance that honours the spirit of ancestors, who return once a year to visit their families. The carnival-like atmosphere at Esplanade is made ever merrier with stalls selling a variety of local and Japanese food, firework displays, Japanese souvenirs, lively performances and games.

I was informed that this year, we have a total of 65 stalls. On top of that, we also have special performances imported from Japan. Amongst them are Japan’s top stand up comedian- Mr Zenjiro, DDM Company Dance Group from Handa City and Minami Cheerleading Club from Osaka. I would like to personally welcome all of them to Penang.

George Town’s rich living heritage, culture and history was recognized when it was inscribed the UNESCO World Heritage Site on 7th July, 2008. This recognition has since created awareness at all levels.

Today, the state is proud to receive more tourists than ever from both local and abroad. The preservation or conservation of a living heritage is the responsibility of the current generation to ensure the next generation is able to enjoy the uniqueness of many cultural events and living heritage in Penang.

The Penang State Government also understands the importance of developing relationships and building a bridge of understanding between nations in this era of globalization.

Till today there are many Japanese who are working and living in Penang. Penang is also quite famous amongst Japanese tourist as a top destination. Japanese visitors lands the Top 10 foreign tourist arrivals to Penang although there is no direct flights from Japan to Penang. Our friendship with Japan goes back a long way and we hope this strong relationship will continue throughout the years to come.

Again, I would like to thank everyone here today for coming and do enjoy yourself in Penang Bon Odori 2018!

Thank you.